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What is licensing?


Like most software, for any Process Type Foundry font you want to use on a computer or website, you need a license. For one computer, you need one license; two computers, two licenses; three computers, three licenses and so on. Our webfonts are similarly license by their amount of use, but in their case, use is counted by the number of pageviews. Licensing a font differs from owning a font because the original typeface designer or copyright holder is the only owner. There aren’t that many people in the world who own fonts but many who license them — just like there are very few people who own the code to Microsoft Word, but quite a few who license its use.

By purchasing a font license from the Process Type Foundry, you are buying the rights to use that font under terms and conditions outlined in our License Agreement, also known as the EULA (End-User License Agreement). The Agreement is a legally binding contract between you and the Process Type Foundry. We have two separate licenses available for purchase on our site: a desktop license and webfont license.

Each typeface publisher arrives at their own license terms, but they generally include how and where the font can be installed, whether the font can be sent to a service bureau for output without additional licensing, if it can be embedded in digital documents or used on the web, whether modifications are allowed, and warranty information among other things.

Admittedly, reading EULAs can be pretty tedious. At the very least though, you should be aware that the license grants you rights but also has restrictions for how the font may be used. If you have questions about the rights and restrictions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

License, by definition

What is the definition of ‘license’? ‘A formal or official permission to do something.’ That sounds about right.